Bampton pupils celebrate the harvest festival with special church service
HARVEST celebrations at Bampton Church of England Primary School were rounded off with a special church service.
The school's harvest service took place at Bampton's Saint Michael & All Angels Church on Thursday, October 8 with over 100 pupils taking part and leading singing, poetry and prayers.
Pupils also brought in food from home to be donated to charity.
Reverend Kevin Chandra who is also a governor at the school said: "I thought they were really well organised so full marks to the staff.
"I think the children will take the message of thanks and I think they especially enjoyed rearranging the letters of harvest to create different words.
"They liked the songs, and told lots of poems. It was good to be part of."
Reverend Kevin added that it was good to show that the church was once again at the hub of the community.
"The church is a hub for the community and it's great to see the kids in the school but also to see the church members helping in the school as well.
"Pupils were nice and clear, nice and loud and shared some well written poems about what we are saying thank you to God for.
"I hope they have learnt a lot about where their food comes from and how it's produced."
Head teacher Gary Bladon added: "Our harvest festival gives schoolchildren an understanding about harvest and where their food comes from
"It also gives them an understanding in the world that there aren't people who are as fortunate as us.
"It's also good to give young people the confidence to stand up in church and speak in front of other people while celebrating."
Mr Bladon said it was nice to be at the heart of community and welcomed the support from parents and friends.
"It's really important to make links with Bampton, show that the school is a church school and make the children feel that they are part of the community."
“What does the Lord require of you? To act justly, to love mercy and to walk wisely with your God.” Micah ch.6 vs.8
some of the Church services we've celebrated recently.
Our Carol Service is traditionally held in Church and this year our Nursery children from Fieldmice came too! They loved the atmosphere and joined in. Reverend Kevin Chandra led the service and played his guitar, and each class did their own presentation and prayer.
At our Harvest festival, we sang songs and said some special prayers. Here's an article from the Mid Devon Gazette about it.
We are delighted to have such close connections to St. Michaels and All Angels Church in Bampton - https://www.bampton.org.uk/stm-church.html
Reverend Kevin Chandra visits us each week, joining us for Collective Worship, leading our Church Services and carrying out his role as a member of our Local Schools Committee, governing body.
Community is very important to our school and as well as the church, we regularly visit the care homes, host community lunches for elderly members of the community and take part in local events such as Bampton Fair and the Lantern Parade.